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Epic beauty, wildlife, and prehistory — Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path

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Epic beauty, wildlife, and prehistory — Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path

Hiking Collection by komoot

9-19

days

3-6 h

/ day

136 mi

6,175 ft

6,175 ft

The Isle of Anglesey is a place of immense beauty where wildlife flourishes, Welsh culture thrives, and ancient sites seem ten-a-penny.

Almost the entire Anglesey coastline has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which means every step of this hike explores some of Britain’s most cherished coastal scenery.

The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path begins in Holyhead and makes a 130-mile (200-kilometer) loop around the entire island, sticking to the coastline for the most part.

The trail explores a wonderfully-contrasting landscape of secluded beaches, coastal heath, wild dunes, farmland, salt-marshes, cliffs, woodlands, and pretty towns and villages.

Anglesey has Wales' greatest concentration of ancient sites, many of which you see on this trail. You will see plenty of old churches and buildings along the way, too, dating from the 12th century onwards.

There is no set way to walk the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path. However, completing it clockwise, as per this Collection, means you make an epic finish on Holyhead Mountain, gazing over all you have hiked.

In this Collection, we split the route into eight stages. Of course, you can split up each stage into as many days as you are comfortable with. You can also walk any single stage, or a couple of stages, in isolation.

Every stage finishes close to accommodation, even if there are only a few options nearby. However, places to stay are not always abundant so it is worth planning in advance and scheduling any rest days accordingly.

If you are planning to arrive by public transport, you can catch a train to Holyhead, which has connecting services around Britain, typically via Chester or Crewe.

If you are planning to arrive by car, your best bet is to negotiate with a hotel or B&B a rate to stay for a night either side of your hike in Holyhead.

For more information about the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, visit: https: visitanglesey.co.uk/en/about-anglesey/isle-of-anglesey-coastal-path.
For train timetables and tickets, visit: thetrainline.com.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    07:05
    17.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path starts on Holy Island, a place of golden coastline, historic buildings, and ancient remains.

    You begin outside the 13th-century St Cybi’s Church and follow …

  • Difficult
    07:37
    17.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    925 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Rocky islets, 12th-century architecture, and expansive coastal views await on this enchanting hike.

    From Church Bay, you follow the undulating coastline past ancient cairns and soon arrive at Traeth y …

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  • Difficult
    07:37
    17.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike explores pretty lighthouses, historic churches, and picturesque coastline.

    With nearly 18 miles (30 kilometers) of distance and 1,125 feet (343 meters) of ascent and descent, this stage is …

  • Difficult
    07:28
    17.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    825 ft
    850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Historic castles, Iron Age remains, impressive geology, and wildlife-rich bays combine to make this a memorable hike.

    From Benllech, the trail passes Benllech Sands and the impressive Castell Mawr Rock, …

  • Difficult
    07:31
    17.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage affords wonderful walking and the opportunity to step inside a Neolithic burial chamber.

    The hike begins with a sharp ascent through woodland before you emerge into open countryside. …

  • Difficult
    06:23
    15.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage takes you to one of the best places in Britain to spot the rare red squirrel.

    From Dwyran, you join the Afon Braint for a short while before …

  • Difficult
    07:35
    18.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    425 ft
    400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage explores golden coastline and gives you the chance to see some decorative Neolithic stones.

    At 18.3 miles (29.5 kilometers), this is the longest stage in the itinerary. However, …

  • Difficult
    06:34
    15.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The final stage takes you to the highest point on Anglesey, giving you a chance to gaze over all that you have hiked.

    From Rhoscolyn Beach, the trail winds around …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    136 mi
  • Duration
    57:49 h
  • Elevation
    6,175 ft6,175 ft

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